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Update (March 13):

Three additional officers were promoted on February 27. They are Lieutenant Kyle Blackburn, Sergeant Richard Hearn and Corporal Scott Manz. These officers and the two who were unable to attend the February 9 ceremony will be recognized at a promotion ceremony scheduled for March 27.

Original release (February 9):

On February 9 at 2 p.m., 23 Baltimore County police officers and one civilian will be promoted. The ceremony will take place at Oregon Ridge Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 21030.

Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will join family and friends of the promotional candidates at the ceremony and will present the certificates. The oath of office will be administered by the Honorable Carol H. Miller, Chief Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court. The invocation will be offered by Deacon Hugh Mills.

Promoted Officers and Their New Assignments

  • Lieutenant Donna M. Benton is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Special Operations Section
  • Lieutenant Scott A. Canter is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Homeland Security Section
  • Lieutenant Joseph D. Conger is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Technology and Communications Section
  • Lieutenant David J. Folderauer is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Precinct 3/Franklin
  • Lieutenant Christopher M. Kelly is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh
  • Lieutenant Orlando D. Lilly is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Precinct 12/North Point
  • Lieutenant Lamont Martin is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Internal Affairs Section
  • Lieutenant Robert O. McCullough is promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Employment Section
  • Sergeant Christopher L. George is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Sergeant Jeffrey C. Hartman will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Operations Bureau*
  • Sergeant Brandon D. Rogers is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Sergeant Jeff R. Rohde is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to Precinct 3/Franklin
  • Corporal Brian E. Ables will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to Precinct 11/Essex*
  • Corporal Mandy L. Biter is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to Precinct 8/Parkville
  • Corporal Andrea J. Bylen is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh
  • Corporal Rachael E. Steigen is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Officer Juan R. Amador Jr. is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Officer James D. Gill is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville
  • Officer Robert J. Huncher Jr. is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to Precinct 12/North Point
  • Officer Daniel J. Knox is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to Precinct 8/Parkville
  • Officer Andrew J. O’Neil is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Officer Louis F. Weaver is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to the Operations Bureau
  • Officer Matthew W. Wilking is promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to Precinct 11/Essex

* These individuals were unable to attend the ceremony but will be officially sworn in at a later date.

Civilian Promotion

  • Forensic Services Technician II Kerri-Ann C. Lawrence is promoted to Forensic Services Supervisor

Baltimore County has noted a recent increase in the number of serious pedestrian crashes -- and contrary to public perception, the pedestrian is at fault in about 80 percent of these incidents.
 
This Thursday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.,  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman will discuss the issue of pedestrian crashes along roadways in Baltimore County and announce a coordinated public awareness campaign for pedestrians. BCoPD and BCoFD handle about 420 pedestrian-vehicle crashes each year. The number of fatal pedestrian crashes increased in 2013 against each of the previous five years. 
 
The event will be held at the Randallstown Fire Station, 3610 Brenbrook Rd., 21133.
 
Attendees will include officers from BCoPD and BCoFD who have been working together on this issue; representatives from the Department of Public Works involved in engineering changes designed to improve pedestrian safety; and representatives from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and MVA's Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate two stabbing incidents that took place early Sunday morning outside the Towson Nights Hookah Lounge Cafe in downtown Towson. Meanwhile, a new law designed to reduce problems related to hookah lounges across the county took effect yesterday.

The law, introduced at the request of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with the support of Police Chief Jim Johnson, requires hookah lounges to close at midnight. County Executive Kamenetz and Chief Johnson believe the earlier closing time -- some lounges have remained open as late as 4 a.m. -- will reduce the number of nuisance and criminal complaints associated with hookah establishments.

"The unfortunate incident in Towson outside of a hookah lounge this weekend once again shows why the recent legislation limiting hours at hookah and vapor lounges that I introduced and that was passed by the County Council is so important," Kamenetz said.  "Beginning yesterday, these places of business must close no later than midnight.  Should problematic behavior continue after the new law is implemented, I am fully prepared to go back to the Council and request that it reduce the hours even further. 

"I'm not going to tolerate this behavior in downtown Towson or anywhere else."

May 18 Stabbings

Police responded to two separate stabbing incidents near the Towson Nights hookah lounge early Sunday morning. The more serious of the two is a double stabbing that occurred just after 3:30 a.m., in which two young men -- both 22 years old -- were confronted by an unknown suspect or suspects who instigated a verbal argument that escalated to a stabbing. The victims -- who are not being identified at this time because the suspects remain at large -- had just left the hookah lounge when they were confronted by the suspects. It is unclear whether the suspects had been in the lounge.

Both victims were transported to local hospitals. One of the victims remains hospitalized with serious injuries; the other suffered non life-threatening injuries.

There is no description of the suspects at this time. An investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing.

Earlier Sunday morning, police responded at about 2 a.m. to a fight at Burke Avenue and York Road, where they were told that a friend of one of the people involved in the fight had been stabbed earlier outside the Towson Nights hookah lounge. Investigation showed that the victim self-transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in this stabbing, and there is no suspect description at this time. The investigation by detectives at the Towson precinct is ongoing.

Police have investigated whether the two stabbing incidents might be related but have concluded that they are not connected.

New Restrictions

Under the new law, hookah lounges in existence yesterday -- the day the bill took effect -- have 45 days to comply with the new regulation. Any new lounges will be subject immediately to the earlier closing time.

Zoning violations are misdemeanors enforced by Code Enforcement as well as by police.

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